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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Siri Won't Help Steve Find an Abortion Clinic, But it Will Help Him Find a Church!

Posted by Sarah Mirk on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 12:43 PM

iPhone users across the country were dismayed to discover this week that Siri, the iPhone 4's smart humanoid robot, won't bring up abortion clinics in search results. Siri can instantly find you all sorts of other things—like sex and Viagra, but ask for an abortion clinic and it comes up with nada.

Steve tried to find a Portland abortion center with his iPhone. Here's what happened:

For the record, several clinics on our side of the river offer abortions, including the Lovejoy Surgicenter, the OHSU family planning center, and the downtown women's center. All of these come up in a Google search, so it seems suspiciously like Siri is filtering its regular web search to exclude abortions. Luckily, Steve was able to resort to the old ink-and-paper phone book. He's okay now, healthy and recovering well.

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