Teach Siri how to help women find the information they need
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Katie Cotton
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Apple Media Relations
Natalie Harrison

Teach Siri how to help women find the information they need

    1. Petition by

      Gretchen Sisson

      San Francisco, CA

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.

Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 6,000 signatures
    2. Apple announces "We will [do better] in the coming weeks"

      Gretchen Sisson
      Petition Organizer

      A spokesperson for Apple announced: “These are not intentional omissions meant to offend anyone. It 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.”

      This good news, though, only makes our petition MORE important. Apple is telling us that they're still developing Siri and her functionalities, and we need to make a very clear statement that this should be a priority for them. Siri has lots of quirks (she has trouble understanding different accents, for example) that Apple will be working on, and we want to make sure that enhancing Siri's knowledge of reproductive health services and rape and domestic violence resources is high on their list.

      Please keep sharing the petition and encouraging others to sign!

    3. Reached 5,000 signatures
    4. Non-update: Siri isn't fixed yet!

      Gretchen Sisson
      Petition Organizer

      Some people have commented that they're testing out their own iPhones and Siri is giving them good information. While that's wonderful (and exactly what we're hoping for), it seems that Siri's ability to answer these questions is pretty geographically limited and unreliable. We assure you that the problem hasn't been fixed yet.

      Blogger Amadi has done a great job of spelling out Siri's shortcomings, including screenshots with how her iPhone is letting her down. Check out the link below to see Siri in (in)action.

    5. Reached 2,500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Kerwin Kaye NEW YORK, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Apple needs to stop Being moralistic to its consumers

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    • William Stephens HOT SPRINGS, AR
      • over 2 years ago

      Help stop the pro-lie movement! Enforce our sacred abortion rights!

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    • Christine Kay STRONGSVILLE, OH
      • almost 3 years ago

      Was considering buying an IPhone, but I refuse to support a product with this antiquated stance.

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    • Connie Ball KANAB, UT
      • almost 3 years ago

      Women should have the freedom to take action for their own health and safety without fear or shame.

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    • Katelyn Dick PORT WASHINGTON, WI
      • almost 3 years ago

      Because women's rights are human rights, and humans have the right to choose what to do with their bodies.

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