Apple has denied claims that its smartphone voice-activated assistant Siri is anti-abortion.

It follows reports that Siri failed to locate nearby abortion clinics. In some cases it suggested pregnancy advice centres as an alternative.

Bloggers and rights groups had voiced their concern over the omission.

Apple moved quickly to quash the rumours, stressing that the software was new and that the lack of advice was “not intentional”.

“Our customers want to use Siri to find out all types of information, and while it can find a lot, it doesn’t always find what you want,” spokeswoman Natalie Kerris said in a statement.

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