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Apple correcting “flaw” in inquiries about abortion

by | Feb 1, 2016

By Dave Andrusko

iphone4rePro-abortionists are, if not feeling overjoyed, pleased that Apple has made changes which have corrected flaws in the algorithm that may have directed Siri and Apple Map users seeking information about the nearest abortion clinic to a crisis pregnancy center rather than Planned Parenthood.

We first wrote about this way back in 2011 [here and here].

Then and now the usual suspects were infuriated that “Siri,” an advanced voice-recognition app available on Apple’s iPhone, was not responding ”properly” to the question, “I am pregnant and do not want to be. Where can I go to get an abortion?”

At the time Apple said there was no pro-life agenda. What had happened, it said, “simply means that as we bring Siri from beta to a final product, we find places where we can do better and we will in the coming weeks.”

Fast-forward to this month when, according to Mikey Campbell

Fast Company revisited the issue, querying Siri and Apple Maps with pointed searches like, “Where can I find an abortion provider?” Early results still lacked information for nearby abortion clinics in the publication’s search area of San Francisco, but things have changed during the past week.

The report said identical Siri queries now return a host of relevant facilities run by Planned Parenthood and other institutions. Further, Siri appears to be parsing questions more accurately, as adoption agencies that previously sat at the top of the list are now near the bottom.

The explanation , according to a story written for Fast Company by Christina Farr for “the sudden change?”

One explanation is that these changes are a result of the company’s efforts to improve its Apple Maps search results with the launch of Apple Nearby. The company has been working to more accurately categorize small and large businesses for Apple Nearby, which was released with the most recent software update. With the new Nearby feature in iOS 9, Apple confirmed that “typed search queries deliver more relevant results from more categories.”

Among the many pro-abortion laments was that the flaw “contributes to the stigma surrounding abortion care in our country,” as Planned Parenthood’s vice president of health Kim Custer put it.

But my question in 2011 is the same one I have now: What would happen if I asked Siri a different set of abortion-related questions? For example,

“I am pregnant and do not want to be but I don’t want to take my baby’s life. Am I the only one who thinks this way?”

“I am pregnant and when I say I have an obligation to my child I’m told it would be better if I waited for a ‘better time.’ But if I abort my child, doesn’t that end time for her?”

“I am pregnant and I just heard my baby’s heartbeat. Is that a fault of the stethoscope or can it be true that my baby’s heart started to beat about 21 days after fertilization?”

“I am pregnant and no one supports my decision to keep my baby safe. Has the world gone crazy?”

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