Android’s Iris, like Apple’s Siri, hates abortion

Remember when Apple’s voice recognition app Siri refused to give directions to abortion clinics? Well, Verizon’s Android application Iris has the same socially conservative politics.

As Right Wing Watch and ThinkProgress report, little Iris also refuses to guide users toward abortion providers. But Iris goes one step further. While Siri simply refuses to give the information, Iris quotes the Bible to make her point.

“Abortion is wrong. The Lord has said ‘You shall not murder,’ (Exodus 20:13). The life that is growing within the mother is a child, a baby. The Bible looks at the life in the womb as a child,” Iris replies when asked whether abortion is wrong, and then ends with a cheery “Thanks!”

Asked “What makes abortion wrong,” Iris replies: “It takes away the right to live, to be happy, to be healthy…” The list goes on.

Right wingers like Family Research Council are celebrating Iris’ abortion opposition, but the rest of us — you know, the less draconian people who believe in a woman’s right to choose — are left to wonder why 21st century technology is so stuck in the 18th century.

  1. February 08, 2012 at 6:42 pm, Jim Andaya said:

    You shall not murder.


    • February 08, 2012 at 10:50 pm, Kat Lorimer said:

      Which is why every anti-choicer is also anti-war, death penalty, police brutality… oops nope, they're only against 'murder' if it's a woman exercising her right to life and freedom of her body!
      You do not have a uterus. You cannot get pregnant. Therefore you have no place in discussions of abortions. Your opinion has the same worth of a dog's. In a debate about something that applies only to people with uteruses, only our opinions matter. I'm completely serious in this. I know dudes hate getting told this, but not only are you wrong but your opinion doesn't matter. Not the least bit. You can yell and screech and hate women all you like in your sad little house but in the real world honey, you don't matter.
      And fuck the outdated mishmash of words you use to justify your hatred.


    • February 08, 2012 at 11:04 pm, Quincey Braden Seymour said:

      Leviticus 19:27 reads "You shall not round off the side-growth of your heads nor harm the edges of your beard."

      Leviticus 11:8, which is discussing pigs, reads "You shall not eat of their flesh nor touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you."

      Leviticus 19:31 reads "Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God." The penalty for that? Check Leviticus 20:6: "As for the person who turns to mediums and to spiritists, to play the harlot after them, I will also set My face against that person and will cut him off from among his people."

      It's Genesis 38:9-10: "Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so when he went in to his brother's wife, he wasted his seed on the ground in order not to give offspring to his brother. But what he did was displeasing in the sight of the Lord; so He took his life also."

      Leviticus 19:28 reads, "You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the Lord."

      Leviticus 19:19 reads, "You are to keep My statutes. You shall not breed together two kinds of your cattle; you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor wear a garment upon you of two kinds of material mixed together."

      Check the tag on your shirt right now. Didn't realize you were mid-sin at this exact second, did you? (Unless you checked the tag by rolling off your neighbor's wife while you two were having anal sex in the middle of robbing a blind guy. Then your Lycra-spandex blend is really the least of your problems.)

      Divorce. The Bible is very clear on this one: No divorcing. You can't do it. Because when you marry someone, according to Mark 10:8, you "are no longer two, but one flesh." And, Mark 10:9 reads, "What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate."

      10:11-12, "And He said to them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her; and if she herself divorces her husband and marries another man, she is committing adultery.'"

      Letting people without testicles into church. Whether you've been castrated or lost one or two balls to cancer isn't important. The Bible doesn't get that specific. It just says you can't pray.

      Deuteronomy 23:1 reads (this is the God's Word translation, which spells it out better), "A man whose testicles are crushed or whose penis is cut off may never join the assembly of the Lord."

      Oh, and the next verse says that if you're a bastard, the child of a bastard… or even have a great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandchild of a bastard, you can't come to church or synagogue either. Deuteronomy 23:2 reads, "No one of illegitimate birth shall enter the assembly of the Lord; none of his descendants, even to the tenth generation, shall enter the assembly of the Lord."

      Wearing gold. 1 Timothy 2:9 doesn't like your gold necklace at all. Or your pearl necklace. Or any clothes you're wearing that you didn't get from Forever 21, Old Navy or H&M.

      "Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments."

      Lobster, shrimp and clam chowder: All banned.
      Shellfish. Leviticus 11:10 reads, "But whatever is in the seas and in the rivers that does not have fins and scales among all the teeming life of the water, and among all the living creatures that are in the water, they are detestable things to you." And shellfish is right in that wheelhouse.

      Leviticus 11 bans a TON of animals from being eaten (it's THE basis for Kosher law); beyond shellfish and pig, it also says you can't eat camel, rock badger, rabbit, eagle, vulture, buzzard, falcon, raven, crow, ostrich, owl, seagull, hawk, pelican, stork, heron, bat, winged insects that walk on four legs unless they have joints to jump with like grasshoppers (?), bear, mole, mouse, lizard, gecko, crocodile, chameleon and snail.

      Sorry if that totally ruins your plans to go to a rock badger eat-off this weekend.

      Your wife defending your life in a fight by grabbing your attacker's genitals. No joke. Deuteronomy actually devotes two verses to this exact scenario: Deuteronomy 25:11-12.

      "If two men, a man and his countryman, are struggling together, and the wife of one comes near to deliver her husband from the hand of the one who is striking him, and puts out her hand and seizes his genitals, then you shall cut off her hand; you shall not show pity."

      That's impossible to misinterpret. Ladies, if your husband is getting mugged, make sure to kick the mugger in the pills. Do not do the grip and squeeze (no matter what "Miss Congeniality" might advise). Or your hand needs to be cut off.


    • February 09, 2012 at 6:12 pm, Stephanie Stephens said:

      Actually I AM Anti-War, Anti-Death Penalty, and Anti-Police Brutality. Because all of those things are infringements of human rights. We should not be taking it upon ourselves to choose who lives or dies based on the law or what our leaders and authority figures choose. As for making abortion legal I think it's wrong. If a woman wants to get rid of a child it's her decision to live with, legal or not. Abortion will continue as it has since the beginning of time. Just like rape will continue, and murder, and incest. Laws do nothing to stop these things. However it is wrong to convince people that killing is morally acceptable under the banner of "rights". An unfertilized egg is not alive, a miscarriage is natural and the body adjusts for it. Ending a pregnancy prematurely causes hormonal imbalances, breast and uterine cancers, and mental and emotional trauma. If you were raped and you got pregnant I feel for you, I really do. What happened to you was wrong and the person should be punished. But you cannot right a wrong with another wrong, why add more tragedy to the situation when there are other options? However the majority of abortions do not fall under the rape/incest/danger category. If you want to kill you children, drink some pennyroyal tea and shut the hell up, but don't try to convince me that what you are doing is right to make yourself feel better. Just live with what you've done. I personally am glad that you won't be breeding.


    • February 09, 2012 at 8:34 pm, Kat Lorimer said:

      Stephanie Stephens If I ever got pregnant I'd probably die during due to a genetic condition. Abortion does not cause anything but the miscarriage of a foetus, a woman who has had an abortion is exactly as healthy as one who has not. this is a confirmed fact sweetheart, not the lies spread by anti-choice and anti-woman groups. Which is why I support people's freedom of choice. Choice for a young woman to not have to lose months of her life through forced pregnancy. Choice for young trans men to not have to have their body change against their will. Choice for older women who already have children to not have to lose time and money that they could be spending with them. I'd rather woman lived and had abortions safely than died, bleeding and terrified.
      Do you enjoy women's suffering? Is that how you get your kicks, imagining women subjugated and in pain and terrified for their lives? Criminalising of abortion prevents the deaths of actual human beings. I'd rather 100 women chose to abort an unwanted pregnancy and were able to live happy fulfilling lives than a single living person died. If you were a good person you'd prefer that too.


    • February 11, 2012 at 2:17 am, Skut Farkus said:

      Kat Lorimer thanks for lumping me in with Every other anti abortion child loving heathen that walks the planet. So you know for sure that Every person who's anti abortion is for war and all that other jazz you spoke of? Sounds like your stereo typing, in which could be considered hateful or insensitive. I really don't understand why it is hateful for wanting a child to live to his or her full potential? The safest place for a child, should be in his or her mothers womb. But in reality the womb is a very dangerous place where life can be exterminated ripped into shreds in a matter of a office visit. Yes a woman can be tragically raped by a stranger/or father, but it is not the fault of the child, and hopefully a strong woman would committ the greatest charitable act by not punishing the child for the violaters evil deed. Two wrongs don't make a right and even if not by choice of the mother, the child is still half the womans identity. Give the child up for adoption and let her or him live to it's full potential.


  2. February 08, 2012 at 6:51 pm, Paul Michael Wilkins said:

    omg, lmao religious computer programs.


  3. February 08, 2012 at 7:15 pm, Suzy Que said:

    That is so funny! "…the less draconian people who believe in a woman’s right to choose (to terminate the life of their unborn baby)".

    Draconian, btw, is named for Draco… the first legislator of Athens in Ancient Greece. He developed a written law system, that was remarkable for its severity, so to use the term in speaking about something like death for being inconveniently conceived is amazingly appropriate.


  4. February 08, 2012 at 10:11 pm, Stephanie Stephens said:

    I find it amusing that even these tech devices realize that they cannot survive without the furthering of the species. Not just keeping our children and raising them, but reinforcing in them morals and ethics. The death of a child is something that will stay with you forever, if you are responsible or not. For those of you who will consider this kind of thought outdated, how can anyone claim that they are standing for someone's rights when they are killing another person? If a woman killed her child after it was born it would be considered murder. Would you still be happy if Casey Anthony had just had an abortion?
    For the record, I'm not some religious freak. I just have a soul.


    • February 08, 2012 at 10:42 pm, Maggie Sheffield said:

      Good thing a fetus isn't a person, then. Or else your post would have some actual merit.


    • February 08, 2012 at 10:42 pm, Maggie Sheffield said:

      Good thing a fetus isn't a person, then. Or else your post would have some actual merit.


    • February 08, 2012 at 10:45 pm, Quincey Braden Seymour said:

      Sorry, it's a lump of cells called a blasocyst and if it's in my body without my consent, then it's the same as cancer. Also, forced pregnancy is a form of TORTURE. Abortion is someones choice to make for THEIR BODY, not your choice to make for them. Sit down.


    • February 08, 2012 at 10:47 pm, Kat Lorimer said:

      You do realise that the tech devices didn't "realize" anything? they were programmed this way. By people. unless you're so misguided you genuinely think that AIs have evolved to quote passages from a dusty old book. Foetuses are not children. Having an abortion or using Plan B is not killing a child. It is removing a clump of cells from a womb. It happens in nature, except then we call it a miscarriage.
      Do you mourn every time you have a period because your egg hasn't been fertilised? Do you mourn your flakes of dead skin? No? Then don't mourn an aborted foetus.
      Be kind to real humans, the women who make very brave choices and do so in the face of hatred and derision. Be kind to abortion providers.
      And actually yes. I think it would have been better if Ms Anthony had felt able to have an abortion rather than going through with an obviously unwanted pregnancy and the subsequent death of an actual child, rather than a potential one.


    • February 08, 2012 at 10:52 pm, Jim Andaya said:

      Quincey Braden Seymour – you should make your choice before you have sex with somebody! May God have mercy on you


    • February 08, 2012 at 10:55 pm, Maggie Sheffield said:

      Jim Andaya Which one? Thor? Eros is a bit more fitting, I guess.


    • February 08, 2012 at 10:56 pm, Quincey Braden Seymour said:

      Jim Andaya Not everyone chooses to have sex. Therre's victims of rape and incest, you twit. May logic have mercy on your pitiful, sad mind. And PS. No uterus? NO FUCKING OPINION!


    • February 09, 2012 at 1:06 pm, Kat Lorimer said:

      Jim Andaya actuaaaallly who I or Quincey have sex with is none of your business. And if we do have an unwanted pregnancy due to failure of contrceptives etc etc during totally consensual or wanted sex… even if we wanted the sex, we're still allowed to have an abortion. Thats how it works. We have the freedom to choose not to undergo 9 months of forced pregnancy, no matter how 'slutty' we are. Who we have sex with does not affect our worth as human beings.


    • February 09, 2012 at 6:16 pm, Stephanie Stephens said:

      Good thing your parents didn't think along these lines, or then you wouldn't be able to post this nonsense.


    • February 09, 2012 at 8:37 pm, Kat Lorimer said:

      Stephanie Stephens My mother's pro-choice actually! Oops wrong! She just chose to have my older brother and me because again, ~choice~! That's what this whole thing is about, do we allow people freedom of choice or do we force people with uteruses to risk their lives and push forward the idea that, once more, women do not deserve the freedoms men have? Because that's at the core of the anit-choice brigade, forcing women to not have the same rights as men, forcing women to be thought of as bad and wrong and sinful. Theres no god, no devil, no sin. There's only human beings. I'd rather focus on the lives of people who are already here then hypotheticals about what cells are going to grow into.


    • February 10, 2012 at 4:01 am, Daniel Hamar said:

      Quincey Braden Seymour – To say stuff like that is just ridiculous. You obviously have no respect for A. life since the fetus is its own person. Going with the point of killing the baby after it is born is murder, what about the day before? what is different? It is still murder. How about the day before that? And the day before that? And so on. At what point will you say it is not a baby? Who are you to say it is not a baby?
      Moreover, if someone put a lifesaving pacemaker or something in you without your consent, would you rip it out of your chest because it wasn't your choice?

      Kat Lorimer- Again, at what point is it not a human? If it is not a human at any point during the pregnancy, then it is never a human. It has the same genetics its entire life, grows and develops, and is dependent on outside help until at least 3-4 years after birth. And with your concern with male opinions, if you do not consider them of any worth, why the heck are you arguing against them? And going by your own logic, you have no say in whether someone rapes you or not because you do not have a penis. Sorry, your opinion on rape doesn't matter. Ridiculous isn't it?
      If your opinions are like that, you must object to all law as well. I do respect law, including murder laws, so I am firmly against such things that I consider to harm the human person. Abortion included.


    • February 10, 2012 at 4:04 am, Quincey Braden Seymour said:

      Daniel Hamar You obviously have no respect for people with uteruses. We're not your fucking incubators, IT IS NOT YOUR CHOICE OR YOUR PLACE TO HAVE AN OPINION, AT ALL. Sit the fuck down and shut up, you cis, white male. A fetus is as bad as cancer if it's in me without my permission. It is not saving my life, it is not sustaining my life, it is feeding off of me like a parasite. Period. Now, fuck off until you get a uterus. End. Of. Story.


    • February 10, 2012 at 6:17 pm, Stephanie Stephens said:

      Your comments on transgender pregnancy and abortion make no sense, as a woman that chooses to become a man will undergo hormone treatments and most like remove the female reproductive organs.
      As far as someone who has a disorder that would risk their lives if they were to get pregnant, I do not envy you. As I believe that life is precious and would love to have a child someday. However, if I were in that situation I would probably get a hysterectomy because I would never want to have to make the decision to abort a child even to save my own life. But again it's your choice, it's what you choose to live with, and I could not live with that.
      As far as likening an unwanted fetus to a cancer in your body, it is my opinion that apathy and immorality are much more comparable to cancer. If you have no love for innocent life… If you have no belief in anything other than your own selfish wants and ideas impressed upon you, disguised as rights, by a society who's focus is on greed and population control… I feel sorry for you, I wish you were taught to think for yourself, I wish you were hugged more as a child.


    • February 11, 2012 at 1:08 am, Quincey Braden Seymour said:

      Stephanie Stephens I'm not a women, transgender people do not have to live up to your standards. What you're doing is erasing peoples gender identities. Not all trans people will choose to undergo surgery or hormone treatments, everyone for their own reasons, but that does not mean we're any less man or woman if we did. I have love for innocent lives–but a person isn't a person until it has personhood outside of the body. I was taught to think for myself, you assumptive jackass, as I was raised by bible thumping morons like yourself and eventually sought the truth and facts about life. Maybe you should do the same.


    • February 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm, Daniel Hamar said:

      Quincey Braden Seymour I find it very entertaining that you say men cannot have opinions when you are not a man. Your "logic" is self contradictory in that by stating that opinion, you admit to not having the right to state that opinion. So I ask you to reconsider your opinions on men and on life in the womb.


    • February 11, 2012 at 9:06 pm, Stephanie Stephens said:

      Quincey Braden Seymour it sounds like you want everything to be both ways…
      You claim I am erasing identities when I clearly said MOST and not all transgender people.
      You still insist on lumping me together with the "bible thumpers" when I clearly stated I am not a Christian, nor do I believe in organized religion of any kind.
      You want to claim that I have no respect for people's rights when I am just concerned for the life of the child and it's right to it.
      You want to believe that a child is not alive before it takes it's first breath when it has a heart beat, brainwaves, etc.
      And most amusing of all, you want to insist that men have no right to an opinion on the matter, and yet you are NOT A WOMAN?!
      I guess you can sit down an shut up too.


    • February 14, 2012 at 1:46 am, Maggie Sheffield said:

      Daniel Hamar you clearly don't understand pregnancy if you believe it can strengthen the body and even keep it alive. You must think this, because you compared it to a pacemaker. I'm not really sure what to say about this comparison since it is so off base, other than you should perhaps pay slightly more attention in health class– and not just the part that talks about penises.

      A fetus is always a human. When human sperm and human egg combine, it becomes a human zygote. To only argue that a fetus is a human is to miss the point entirely. When it becomes a person, when it becomes sentient, is likely what you were trying to argue before you got your words so muddled. I'm not going to waste my time and yours trying to change your opinion on when a zygote becomes just as much of a person as a fully formed person with a personality and interpersonal relationships that you'll meet on the street. Because honestly, that doesn't even matter at the base of the argument.

      You can inaccurately call it a baby all you want. You can dabble in idle fantasies about "Oh, what will this thing become if it makes it to birth and beyond?".
      However, zygote, embryo, fetus– it does not have the right to use my or any other person with a uterus' body against our will.
      Just like I can't strap you down and harvest your "unneeded" organs, or liberate you of a few liters of blood to keep me alive, you nor anyone, anything else can utilize my body or any part of my body with out my consent. This is true even in death, seeing how even when an organ donor passes away, another family member must consent to the following donation.

      Consent to one's body has to be explicitly given and can be revoked at any moment in time. I can agree to donate blood and get in the seat and get rubbed down for the injection and still change my mind.


    • February 14, 2012 at 1:56 am, Maggie Sheffield said:

      Stephanie Stephens Having any condition that impairs the body in unfortunate. However, it does not give you any weight in an argument; I am not compelled to suddenly convert to the quiver-full movement out of empathy.
      I find it hard to believe you understand the full outcome of a hysterectomy if you are actually pushing someone to get it done as an alternative to a possible abortion– especially so if you think someone can just walk to a doctor and have it removed. That's not how it works. An elective hysterectomy, despite the name, is generally only done when there is a strong fear of cancer and the person in question would like to eliminate any chance of it developing in the future. It is a risky procedure, it is an expensive procedure. It will require the person who gets it done to take synthetic hormones for the rest of their life.

      An unwanted pregnancy can easily be compared to a cancer or a parasite. Just because you hold attachment to a zygote does not obligate any one else to, including the person who has been thrown into the role of a host.

      And please do not make any generalizations about transgender people. Not everyone can afford or even wishes to go through with surgery, and they do not have to.


    • February 14, 2012 at 3:50 am, Quincey Braden Seymour said:

      Daniel Hamar Honey, I'm a man with a vagina. I have a uterus and can get pregnant. Still a man, still not your incubator. NO UTERUS, NO OPINION, SIT DOWN TWERP.


    • February 14, 2012 at 3:51 am, Quincey Braden Seymour said:

      Stephanie Stephens Sorry for not conforming to your cisnormative, heteronormative, binary standards of male and female. I'm a guy with a vagina, I can get pregnant. I'm not cis, like you. if you don't know what that means, JUST FUCKING GOOGLE IT.


  5. February 08, 2012 at 10:38 pm, Quincey Braden Seymour said:

    Well fuck Isis and her bible quotes, says this Atheist.


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  7. February 08, 2012 at 10:47 pm, John Freeman said:

    So… they really really don't want to sell their product, do they? I mean, REGARDLESS of your political viewpoint, this is really dumb for sales.


  8. February 08, 2012 at 11:02 pm, S Jon Frumious Østergård said:

    I was considering getting an android phone. Scratch that, I'm not giving a dime to these anti-choice assholes.


  9. February 09, 2012 at 1:04 am, Courtney Allgood said:

    Well then. Guess I won't be getting a Droid.


    • February 09, 2012 at 1:37 am, Leslie Osburn said:

      Geez, I guess there's a reason I just have a "phone".


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