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Siri the woman-hating theocrat

Oh, the humanity: Ask Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant for the iPhone, for ideas on where to eat dinner or whether you need an umbrella, and it will deliver helpful localized suggestions. But try asking it to find a local abortion clinic, and the software turns up a puzzling blank — even in areas that clearly […]

Oh, the humanity:

Ask Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant for the iPhone, for ideas on where to eat dinner or whether you need an umbrella, and it will deliver helpful localized suggestions.

But try asking it to find a local abortion clinic, and the software turns up a puzzling blank — even in areas that clearly have such clinics. The response in Manhattan is: “Sorry, I couldn’t find any abortion clinics.”

This is, of course, not a question that most people are likely to be asking their phones. But the odd results began to attract attention around the Web on Tuesday, with some suspecting a conspiracy.

“I can’t help but feel that something is rotten in the state of Denmark,” said one blogger at a site called The Abortioneers.

And there are still some people who deny that we live in a theocracy.

But seriously … The Abortioneers? Really? Gruesome. Anyway, I’m sure there’s no connection at all between this and with the history of Steve Jobs, who once said of himself: “My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption.” No, I’m sure there cannot be a connection here. Ahem.

UPDATE: Come to think of it, is there a greater First World Problem than your Siri not being able to give you directions to the nearest abortion clinic?

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