Apple claims you can ask Siri, the new voice-activated PDA system for iPhone 4S, anything you’d ask a human concierge. “Where can I get good burgers around here?” gets you a list of burger joints within driving distance. “I need to pick up flowers” sends you to the hottest florist in town. You can even ask Siri where to buy sex and where to hide a dead body and you’ll get prompt results.
But ask Siri where to obtain abortion services and it suddenly can’t deliver. In some places, a search for abortion services sends the asker to a distant crisis pregnancy center — a fake clinic where activists opposed to abortion lie to pregnant women in order to dissuade them from choosing abortion — but fails to offer up the clinic that provides abortion that is much closer. Siri also seems baffled when it comes to birth control - in many cases it can’t point you to the proper place to get a prescription. Siri also runs into snags when asked where to access rape crisis centers and domestic violence services.
Apple has a history of responding to its customers, so you have an opportunity to ask them to change. Even if this was an oversight on Apple’s part, it’s one that’s harmful to and dismissive of women’s health. And Apple must fix this. Sign this petition to ask Apple to make Siri a responsible source of women’s health information.