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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

Cheryl Wetzstein

WETZSTEIN: Some tips for online dating

If you are still glowing from a romantic Valentine's Day last month, maybe you should skip this column. I hate to rain on people's parades. Published February 28, 2011

Court backs law protecting vaccine makers

In a 6-2 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a lower court decision denying a Pennsylvania family the right to sue a vaccine maker, preserving a 25-year arrangement aimed at shielding manufacturers from lawsuits that would keep such disease-prevention products off the market. Published February 22, 2011

**FILE** Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. (AP Photo)

House bills aim to defund abortion

Abortion providers are the targets of a trio of House bills that seek to ensure that taxpayer dollars will not find their way into such coffers. Published February 22, 2011

WETZSTEIN: Abortion is crux of funding fight

Planned Parenthood Federation of America is in its 95th year of existence, and like other well-seasoned entities, it seems to be in a fight for its life, at least as far as federal funding goes. Published February 21, 2011

For Planned Parenthood, a GOP shot across bow

Despite vigorous protests from House Democrats, the House of Representatives agreed Friday to eliminate "any and all" federal funding to Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and its 102 affiliates. Published February 20, 2011

**FILE** Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley makes a point while giving his State of the State speech on Feb. 3 in Annapolis, Md. (Associated Press)

Maryland panel passes gay marriage bill

A Maryland legislative panel has approved a same-sex marriage bill, clearing the way for a full vote as early as next week by the state Senate, which is looking increasingly likely to pass. Published February 17, 2011

WETZSTEIN: Tips on how to love your child

I recently saw the American Academy of Pediatrics' "Valentine's Day tips" on how to love one's child. Clearly, the pediatricians do not subscribe to "tiger" parenting, a la Yale professor Amy Chua. Published February 14, 2011

Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, says the GOP shows contempt for women's programs and lack of concern for children. (Associated Press)

GOP plan to chop services irks backers of women, children

Advocates for women's rights, children and other special interests are up in arms over a House Republican plan to severely cut or "wipe out" several of their favorite federal programs, in what could develop into one of the nastiest battles of the new Congress. Published February 14, 2011

Alzheimer's: Reagan's long goodbye

While other famous people had succumbed to the irreversible, progressive neurological disease — including such figures as actress Rita Hayworth, writer E.B. White and British Prime Minister Harold Wilson — the Reagans' admission took the prominence and public awareness of Alzheimer's to a new level. Published February 3, 2011

Teen birthrates hit 69-year low in 2009

Teen births have become less common in most states, among both high-school-age girls and college-age girls, the federal government says in a report released Wednesday. Published February 2, 2011

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WETZSTEIN: Why Americans put off marriage

Marriage is associated with wealth, health, longevity, happiness and sexual satisfaction, plus myriad benefits for children. Yet the nation's marriage rate keeps sliding downward. Published January 31, 2011

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WETZSTEIN: New hope rises for autism science

The United Kingdom's prestigious medical journal BMJ last week released what appears to be damning evidence about a 1998 study by Dr. Andrew Wakefield and colleagues in which they saw an association with a childhood vaccination and onset of autism in eight previously normal children. Published January 10, 2011