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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.

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An unidentified medical clinician interviews a patient at a Planned Parenthood location in Boston. The abortion rate fell 5 percent and the abortion ratio fell 4 percent from the previous year, reaching "historic lows for all three measures of abortion," according to a new report. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Abortions fall to record low in U.S.

The number of reported abortions fell to a historic low in 2011, the federal government said this week in its annual tally of most of the nation's states. Published November 27, 2014

Mimi Chacin helps her son Diego, 9, place home made pizzas onto a tray while cooking dinner at her home in Miami Shores, Fla., Monday, Dec. 1, 2008. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) **FILE**

Burden or blessing? Survey slams women's 'utopian' joy of cooking

As millions of American households prepare to enjoy the delectable smells of Thanksgiving turkey and pumpkin pie, some social scientists say it's time to loosen belts and lower expectations. Women, who prepare the overwhelming majority of Thanksgiving repasts, need a break from expectations about "utopian" family meals. Published November 26, 2014

A woman smoking a cigarette. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

Smoking among adults hits historical low: CDC

The U.S. adult smoking rate fell to its lowest recorded point in 2013, although cigarette smoking remains high in certain groups, the federal government said Wednesday. Published November 26, 2014

FILE - In this May 10, 2012 file photo, Dr. Lisa Sterman holds up a Truvada pill, an HIV treatment pill used to prevent infection in people at high risk of getting the AIDS virus, at her office in San Francisco. Research showing that the pill does not encourage risky sex and is effective even if people skip some doses was discussed Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia. The research was published by the British journal Lancet Infectious Diseases (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Many HIV sufferers untreated: CDC

Some 70 percent of people — nearly 840,000 — believed to be living with HIV in 2011 have not successfully treated their dangerous infections, the federal government said Tuesday. Published November 25, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on "felons, not families."  (AP Photo/Jim Bourg, Pool) **FILE**

Family-values groups object to Obama's orders on immigration

President Obama is selling his unilateral immigration package unveiled last week as, in part, a way to keep millions of families from breaking up. But family-values groups, many of which focus heavily on keeping families together on matters such as refugee and asylum cases for home-schoolers, are rallying around one position: White House usurpation of the issue is wrong. Published November 23, 2014

Rep. Christopher H. Smith, New Jersey Republican, said the administration's handling of the abortion issue in the Affordable Care Act has been "unconscionable," and the new website should be a helpful tool for consumers who don't want to pay for other people's abortions. (Associated Press)

Website exposes insurance plans' abortion coverage

Decrying the lack of "transparency" about abortion coverage in health care plans, pro-life groups are asking consumers to visit a new, privately operated website to see which insurance plans cover abortion, which do not, and which are "unknown" on the issue. Published November 20, 2014

Rep. Christopher H. Smith, New Jersey Republican, applauded various watchdog groups for determining what health plans allow for election abortions.  (Associated Press)

Groups push for openness on subsidized abortions

In response to evidence that hundreds of taxpayer-subsidized health care plans under Obamacare include abortion coverage, pro-life groups are using a Capitol Hill press briefing Thursday to launch a new website aimed at making clear which plans will pay for the procedure. Published November 19, 2014

FRCAction and Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, speaks during the Values Voter Summit, held by the Family Research Council Action, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, in Washington. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) **FILE**

Author sees growing religious censorship in U.S.

America's religious believers are facing a growing movement to censor expressions of faith and should prepare both to put up a fight and to suffer in the struggle, a prominent Christian leader and author told the Family Research Council Tuesday. Published November 18, 2014

Pope Francis shakes hands with Senegal's President Macky Sall during a private audience, at the Vatican, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, Pool)

Pope Francis: Man-woman union at 'root of marriage'

Pope Francis said Tuesday that the union of a man and a woman is "at the root of marriage," dashing hopes among gay rights supporters that he might open the door to acceptance of same-sex unions by the Catholic Church. Published November 18, 2014

2nd Wives Club growing: Remarriages on the rise

Many blushing American brides have been down aisle before, says a new study that finds that four in 10 of new marriages have at least one partner who was previously married. Published November 14, 2014

Deb Allegree inputs records at the Wayne County Courthouse in Richmond, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009. The eastern Indiana county tops the nation in the percentage of population that's divorced, but some Wayne County residents don't see any reason why their home should be labeled as a mecca for divorced people.(AP Photo/Darron Cummings) **FILE**

Advocates call for family court reforms

Advocates for reform of the nation's family court system met in the Washington, D.C., area this weekend for a conference on divorce, child support and related issues. Published November 14, 2014

Tasha Burns holds her daughter, Heaven, 13 months, as her son, Brian, 4 months, sleeps at rear in a Salvation Army homeless shelter in Oklahoma City on April 3, 2007. The Burns family has been homeless since Hurricane Katrina hit Florida in August of 2005. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Salvation Army can't evict women for pregnancy: HUD

The Salvation Army has agreed to pay $12,000 to each of four homeless women and change its transitional-housing program policy under a pregnancy nondiscrimination settlement with a federal housing agency. Published November 12, 2014

Gay-rights advocates, including filmmaker Ryan James Yezak, will be on hand to urge an advisory panel of experts for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to permit blood donations from men who have sex with men (MSM). (Department of Defense)

Hearings to weigh revision of gay blood-donor ban

The Obama administration begins a series of hearings Thursday that many expect will bring the first easing of the blanket ban on gay men donating blood, a ban that was instituted in the early days of the AIDS crisis. Published November 12, 2014