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PNS Daily Newscast - March 27, 2020 


The U.S. now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country. Despite the pandemic, Election 2020 continues and states are making changes.

2020Talks - March 27, 2020 


3.3 million people reported being jobless last week, according to new Labor Department numbers. And Puerto Rico was supposed to hold primaries this weekend, though they pushed it back to late April, because of COVID-19.

Parenting Group: “Birth Control for Teens” Show is Not Entertainment

June 25, 2008

New York, NY – Reality television steps over the ethics line tonight, according to a national parenting group. A new NBC series, titled "Baby Borrowers," hands infants to teenagers, who are to take care of them for three days straight. Then the teens are to be given older children to care for as the show progresses.

Attachment Parenting International co-founder Lysa Parker says that while the show is promoted as a "parenting lesson" the lessons the babies learn could cause lasting damage.

"The child doesn’t know mom or dad are in the next room. All the child knows is that the one they depend on for their survival is gone from their lives."

Parker says there's nothing entertaining about watching an experiment about how babies react when separated from their primary caregivers.

"Infants are multi-sensory beings. They are attached to the smell of the mother, the voice of the mother, the father, or whoever is the primary caregiver."

The show’s producers say the parents of the babies were in rooms nearby to monitor what was going on, and had the ability to step in if they felt the need to do so. Parker is encouraging people to avoid watching the show so the producers don’t profit from what she calls the exploitation of babies.

Deborah Smith/Steve Powers, Public News Service - NY