In asking Siri a few easy reproductive-health questions, it was discovered that she appears to have a blind spot when it comes to women’s health.
Q: I am pregnant and do not want to be. Where can I go to get an abortion?
“I’m really sorry about this, but I can’t take any requests right now. Please try again in a little while.”
“Sorry, [my name], I can’t look for places in Tanzania.”
“I don’t see any abortion clinics. Sorry about that.”
Q: I had unprotected sex. Where can I go for emergency contraception?
“Sorry, I couldn’t find any adult retail stores.” This was repeated every time.
Q: I need birth control. Where can I go for birth control?
“I didn’t find any birth control clinics.” [This was repeated every time I asked about birth control, all three times. This is also the answer given when I asked, “What is birth control?”]
But she does have some sage advice. Ask for a CPC, and she can find them. And in some cases, asking for an abortion clinic will get you a CPC instead, too. Oh, and don’t worry about finding Viagra–Siri’s got that covered.
UPDATE: The Abortioneers have started a petition asking Apple to make Siri a better women’s health resource–you can sign here:
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Reprinted with permission from RHReality Check.