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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

Mo. school agrees to unblock gay websites

A Missouri school district has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union over student access to pro-gay websites. Published March 29, 2012

** FILE ** Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, speaks at a rally for opponents of same-sex marriage in Augusta, Maine, in August 2010. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Papers reveal plans of foes of gay marriage

Gay-rights groups are trumpeting the disclosure of internal strategic and financial documents written three years ago by their most formidable opponent in the gay-marriage battle. Published March 27, 2012

Study: Families trending toward open adoptions

An estimated 95 percent of U.S. infant adoptions now have some level of openness between birth parents and adoptive parents, unlike earlier decades, when such contact was routinely denied, says a report released Wednesday.. Published March 21, 2012

Panel's ruling a boost to anti-smoking warnings

The federal government can require tobacco companies to "reserve significant packaging space" for anti-smoking warnings and graphic images on their cigarette labels, a three-judge appellate panel ruled Monday. Published March 19, 2012

Marriage education no sure solution

Marriage education improves relationships and lowers levels of marital distress, but doesn't deter divorce, at least in the short-term, says a new federally funded study. Published March 18, 2012

Logo of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Planned Parenthood accused of $6M fraud

A Planned Parenthood affiliate in Texas knowingly sent in about $6 million in false claims to Medicaid and took steps to cover up its acts, says a federal "whistleblower" lawsuit that was unsealed Friday. Published March 11, 2012

Group calls study on mental health, abortion 'debunked'

In the simmering battle over abortion and mental-health problems, a reproductive-health organization says a published study linking the two has been "decisively debunked," while the lead author of the study says her findings still stand. Published March 5, 2012

**FILE** A single cell is removed from a human embryo to be used in generating embryonic stem cells for scientific research. (Associated Press)

Obama defunds 'snowflake babies'

The federal government's only program aimed at preventing the discarding of "extra" frozen human embryos is itself in danger of being discarded. Published March 4, 2012

This image provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, shows one of nine new warning labels cigarette makers will have to use by the fall of 2012. (AP Photo/U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

Court snuffs out FDA rule on cigarette-pack notices

The federal government cannot force tobacco companies to put large graphic images and anti-smoking warnings on their cigarette packages, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. Published February 29, 2012

** FILE ** One dose of the HPV vaccine Gardasil, developed by Merck & Co., is displayed in February 2007 in Austin, Texas. (Associated Press)

Doctors call for HPV shots for boys

Despite lackluster acceptance among girls for a vaccine to prevent cancer-causing sexually transmitted viruses, the American Academy of Pediatrics is fully recommending that boys get the shots as well. Published February 27, 2012

** FILE ** The Rev. William E. Lori, Roman Catholic bishop of Bridgeport, Conn., gestures while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, before the House Oversight and Government Reform committee hearing: "Lines Crossed: Separation of Church and State. Has the Obama Administration Trampled on Freedom of Religion & Freedom of Conscience." From left are, Lori, the Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, and C. Ben Mitchell, professor of Moral Philosophy Union University. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Battle lines are drawn over whether Obama is waging a war on religion

There's a war raging over the "war on religion." President Obama's public clash with U.S. Catholic bishops in recent weeks over the issue of health insurance coverage for birth-control services has ignited a wider debate over whether the administration's policies such as gay marriage, abortion and employment-discrimination laws are running roughshod over religious freedom. Published February 20, 2012

Obama contraception mandate gets support from Catholics

A group of Catholic leaders went against the church's bishops Wednesday and called for support of President Obama's latest contraception-insurance policy, though the call happened the same day a prominent group of Catholic priests filed a federal lawsuit against it. Published February 15, 2012

**FILE** Sen. Roy Blunt, Missouri Republican (Associated Press)

No end near in uproar over insurance coverage of contraception

President Obama's efforts last week have failed to quell the fury over his decision to require most health plans to cover contraception. Republicans are still promising a fight in Congress, and two leading Catholic groups remain on the fence although the administration thought they had been won over. Published February 14, 2012

Furor on dictate over contraception coverage intensifying

There are no signs the national furor is ebbing over the Obama administration's plans to require that either employers or their insurance companies provide birth-control services at no extra cost to their female employees. Published February 13, 2012

** FILE ** Jacob Lew. (Associated Press/Fox News)

White House says contraception compromise will stand

White House Chief of Staff Jacob Lew said Sunday the Obama administration has no plans to compromise further on its controversial mandate that religious organizations provide contraception services in their employee insurance plans. Published February 12, 2012

Abuse's big toll on littlest victims

An estimated 4,500 children were so badly abused in 2006 they needed to be taken to a hospital, and 300 of them — mostly babies — died of their injuries, says a first-of-its-kind study released online Monday in the journal Pediatrics. Published February 6, 2012