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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

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, told Congress that her organization adheres to medical ethical standards and that just 1 percent of their budget goes to fetal research services. She also said the series of undercover videos were obtained illegally and "doctored." (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Pro-life groups to rally at Capitol Hill in wake of videos

As the first congressional hearing begins into Planned Parenthood's practices with fetal tissue, pro-life groups are planning a Capitol Hill rally while a major reproductive health research group warns that shifting funds to community health centers will likely cause problems for low-income women. Published September 8, 2015

Flowers and eight balloons are seen at a house where eight people were killed on Aug. 8 in Houston. A family of six children and two parents were handcuffed and fatally shot in the head at a Houston home by a man with a violent criminal history who had previously been in a relationship with the mother and had a dispute with her, authorities said. David Conley, 48, was charged with capital murder in the deaths. (Associated Press)

Blue-ribbon commission collects ideas to save children in abusive homes

The grisly tragedies mount: A Missouri mother has been charged with beating her 1-year-old daughter to death, and a Kentucky couple are accused of criminal abuse after the mother dropped their newborn while high on drugs, resulting in the baby's death. Published September 6, 2015

The Supreme Court is considering an emergency appeal from abortion providers in Texas, a judgment that will likely affect a case winding through the courts in Louisiana. (Associated Press)

Texas abortion firm urges Supreme Court on pro-life law

Saying a Texas law regulating abortion is making women doubt that abortion is still legal in the state, the leader of an abortion clinic network is urging the Supreme Court to intervene. Published September 3, 2015

A June 10, 2015, file photo shows Ashley Madison's Korean website on a computer screen in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man/ File)

Ashley Madison fallout turns to betrayed spouses

Leaked data about millions of subscribers to the "married-but-dating" site, Ashley, has prompted warnings about pornography use and sex addiction, as well as hope for post-adultery recovery for marriages. Published August 26, 2015

Erica Canaut, center, cheers as she and other anti-abortion activists rally on the steps of the Texas Capitol to condemn the use in medical research of tissue samples obtained from aborted fetuses, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) ** FILE **

Planned Parenthood videos spur 200 rallies nationwide to defund abortion provider

Spurred by a series of undercover videos exposing the harvesting and distribution of post-abortive fetal body parts, pro-life activists are organizing more than 200 rallies at Planned Parenthood clinics and a coast-to-coast effort to reach members of Congress at their home offices this week. Published August 16, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks at the 2013 Planned Parenthood National Conference in Washington on Friday, April 26, 2013. Obama, who supports abortion rights, became the first sitting president to make an in-person address to Planned Parenthood, vowing to help fight against state abortion restrictions that he said are designed to "turn back the clock to policies more suited to the 1950s than the 21st century." (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak/File)

Obama urged to re-interpret Helms amendment for foreign abortions

Some 81 House Democrats have urged President Obama to tell agencies that the Helms amendment does not ban all U.S. foreign aid-related abortions, but permits those in cases of rape, incest and when the life of the mother is endangered. Published August 12, 2015

Pope Francis asks how parents can educate children in Christian life "if we keep them at a distance  as if they were excommunicated." (Associated Press)

Pope Francis calls for acceptance of divorced, remarried Catholics

Pope Francis perked up ears again Wednesday when he advised church leadership to do more to "take care" of and have "open doors" for Catholics whose marriages have failed, prompting the latest round of speculation -- both hopeful and worrying -- that he may loosen the church's ancient rules on divorce and remarriage. Published August 5, 2015