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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

"It is my wish that throughout my visit, the family should be a recurrent theme," Pope Francis said in his address to Congress. "Yet I cannot hide my concern for the family, which is threatened, perhaps as never before, from within and without. Fundamental relationships are being called into question, as is the very basis of marriage and the family." (Associated Press)

Pope Francis hopes to mend shattered bonds of family life on U.S. visit

The American family landscape that Pope Francis is viewing during his first visit to the United States differs vastly from that of 1965, when Paul VI became the first pontiff to step onto U.S. soil: More couples are divorced or living together and fewer are married today than they were in the '60s. Published September 24, 2015

Pope Francis conducts Mass outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, in Washington. (Associated Press)

Pope implores Catholics to live 'joy of the Gospel' at D.C. Mass

Pope Francis urged Catholics not to let their hearts grow "numb" but to take joy from a life of sharing the Gospel, making his exhortation at a Wednesday canonization Mass that was the first declaration of a saint on U.S. soil and his personal first in this country. Published September 23, 2015

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, stands at microphone with the Pickering family and pro-life leaders at a Capitol Hill press conference before a Senate vote on a bill to ban most abortions in the fifth month of pregnancy. The Pickerings' son, Micah, was born at 22 weeks old, and is an example of the children that could be saved by the bill. Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Steve Daines of Montana and James Lankford of Oklahoma attended. (Image courtesy of Susan B. Anthony List).

Senate blocks pain-capable abortion bill

The Senate on Tuesday scuttled an attempt to advance a bill that would prevent most late term abortions based on a concern that the fetuses would feel the pain of abortion. Published September 22, 2015

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., center, speaks during a news conference on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act  on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Republicans predicted House passage Wednesday of the late-term abortion ban after dropping rape provisions that angered female GOP lawmakers and forced party leaders into an embarrassing retreat. Franks is joined by, from left, Rep. Joseph Pitts, R-Pa., Rep. Marcia Blackburn, R-Tenn., Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Tenn., Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., and Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

House abortion bills debated, scheduled for Friday vote

A bill to divert Planned Parenthood federal funding to community health centers for a year, and another measure that would penalize doctors if they fail to give medical care to infants born alive during an abortion are scheduled to be voted on Friday in the House. Published September 17, 2015

Rep. Mick Mulvaney, South Carolina Republican, is part of a bipartisan group in Congress pushing label the killing of Christians "religious genocide." (Associated Press)

Lawmakers want murder, torture of Christians labeled 'religious genocide'

The mass torture, murder and displacement of Christian families and other religious minorities in the Middle East must be called by its real name -- genocide -- members of Congress said Thursday at a gathering of a nonpartisan organization that advocates against religious persecution. Published September 10, 2015

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