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Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein covers family and social issues as a national reporter for The Washington Times. She has been a reporter for three decades, working in New York City and Washington, D.C. Since joining The Washington Times in 1985, she has been a features writer, environmental and consumer affairs reporter, and assistant business editor.

Beginning in 1994, Mrs. Wetzstein worked exclusively on welfare and family issues such as child support enforcement, abstinence and sex education, child welfare, sexually transmitted diseases, marriage, divorce, cohabiting and gay marriage.

She has won several newspaper awards, including 1977 Cub Reporter of the Year and 1983 Heart of New York award, both from the New York Press Club.

Articles by Cheryl Wetzstein

** FILE ** Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks during The Family Leadership Summit, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Clinics push to block La. abortion regs

Abortion providers went to federal court in Louisiana Thursday to stop a law from going into effect Monday that they say will force them to close their clinics. Published August 28, 2014

Alarms raised again on drug-resistant gonorrhea

Public health officials are sounding the alarm -- again -- about the looming problem of drug-resistant gonorrhea in the wake of a Swedish study about four cases that didn't immediately respond to treatment. Published August 27, 2014

Dorothea Langsam, an attorney for the Lebanon Road Surgery Center of Sharonville, Ohio, announces during a news conference, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at her law office in Cincinnati, that the Cincinnati-area abortion clinic has ended its fight with the state over a closure order and will stop performing surgical abortions on Friday. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

New Ohio abortion rules close decades-old clinic

Supporters of a Cincinnati area clinic that is ending its surgical abortion services Friday say it is the latest victim of a political attack — and that Ohio is at risk of losing even more of its abortion clinics. Published August 21, 2014

Pope Francis calls for 'fraternal dialogue' with China, North Korea

Pope Francis on Sunday called on Catholic bishops in Asia to promote a "fraternal dialogue" among the peoples of Asia, stressing the need to "walk together" — comments widely seen as an outreach to China and other Asian nations with whom the Vatican has no diplomatic ties. Published August 17, 2014

The "biological clock" is a well-known metaphor that refers to women's age-limited time for childbearing. But can just hearing a gentle "tick tock" while thinking about marriage and babies make a difference in people's plans? (AP Photo, Alik Keplicz)

Study: 'Ticking clock' inspires nesting urge in some women

The "biological clock" is a well-known metaphor that refers to women's age-limited time for childbearing. But can just hearing a gentle "tick tock" while thinking about marriage and babies make a difference in people's plans? Published August 14, 2014

Pope Francis boards a plane on his way to South Korea from Rome's Fiumicino International Airport Wednesday. His five-day visit marks the first time in a quarter-century that a pope has traveled to the divided Korean peninsula. The pontiff plans to bring a message of peace and reconciliation to all Koreans. (associated press)

Pope Francis taking message of peace, reconciliation to South Korea

With an optimistic message taken from the Prophet Isaiah, Pope Francis arrives Thursday in South Korea with plans to uplift youth, talk about peace and honor Catholic martyrs who were killed centuries ago for daring to say that God loves mankind regardless of social class. Published August 13, 2014

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2014 file photo, Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick gestures during a news conference at the Statehouse in Boston. Patrick last week ordered an outright ban on prescribing and dispensing Zohydro until it is marketed in a form that is difficult to abuse. Zohydro belongs to a family of medicines known as opiates or opioids. Others include morphine, heroin and oxycodone, the painkiller in OxyContin. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Massachusetts lawmakers OK new abortion clinic buffer law

Barely a month after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the state's previous statute as unconstitutional, Massachusetts lawmakers Wednesday cheered passage of a new abortion clinic "buffer zone" law Wednesday, while pro-life supporters warned that the law was worse than the old one. Published July 30, 2014

**FILE** Anti-abortion advocates stand outside the Jackson Women's Health Organization in Jackson, Miss., the state's only abortion clinic, on June 27, 2012. (Associated Press)

Mississippi abortion law can't be enforced

A federal appellate court has blocked a Mississippi law from being enforced against the state's lone abortion clinic, saying the state cannot put an "undue burden" on women by forcing them to travel out of state to get the procedure. Published July 29, 2014

FILE - In this photo released by ABC on Oct. 24, 2013, actor Jamie Dornan guest stars as Sheriff Graham on ABC's "Once Upon a Time." The release of the big-screen adaptation of "Fifty Shades of Grey" has been postponed, Universal Pictures announced Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. The film had been scheduled to open in August next year, but will now debut on Valentine's Day in 2015. Dornan has been cast as billionaire Christian Grey, the lead role that Charlie Hunnam withdrew from recently. (AP Photo/ABC, Craig Sjodin/Kharen Hill, File)

'Fifty Shades' movie trailer outrages anti-porn groups

With 100 million copies of "Fifty Shades of Grey" sold and massive public anticipation for the movie's debut in 2015, the recent release of a trailer for the film was bound to attract attention, but anti-porn activists are getting upset even at the movie's promotional trailer. Published July 25, 2014

Wendy Davis    Associated Press photo

Tougher clinic rules lead to drop in Texas abortions

Tougher state regulations have led to a spate of abortion clinics shutting their doors in Texas and a 13 percent fall in the number of abortions performed in the state, according to a new study published this week. Published July 24, 2014