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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

Report: Teen birth rate hits historic low

The teen birthrate tumbled again in 2010, reaching a historic low and stretching across all age and ethnic groups, the federal government said Thursday. Published November 17, 2011

** FILE ** Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pa., is seen during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this Feb. 3, 2011, file photo. The Senate passed a resolution this week urging an international probe into war crimes allegations. Casey, who introduced the Senate resolution, said that a "state of denial" exists in the Sri Lankan government that is "not helpful" in achieving accountability for the bloodshed. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Advocates urge caution in wake of Penn State

The child sex-abuse scandal at Penn State University is galvanizing lawmakers in several states and Congress to find fresh ways to capture predators and stamp out abuse. Published November 15, 2011

Class-action suit filed over VD testing on Guatemalans

The Obama administration faces a deadline of early next year to respond to a sweeping new class-action lawsuit alleging that U.S. public health officials in the years after World War II deliberately infected hundreds of Guatemalan prisoners, soldiers and psychiatric patients with venereal diseases without informing them of the infections — or treating most of them. Published November 14, 2011

Sen. Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, is the Senate majority leader.

Senate panel OKs repeal of DOMA on party-line vote

The Senate Judiciary Committee took the unprecedented step Thursday of voting to repeal a federal law that defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman and allows states to disregard same-sex unions from other states. Published November 10, 2011

Supporters of Mississippi's Amendment 26 watch the results of the "personhood" initiative Tuesday in Southaven, Miss. The measure was defeated by a wide margin. (Associated Press)

Abortion foes undeterred by Mississippi setback

Too many doubts and questions among voters helped doom Mississippi's pro-life "personhood" amendment in voting Tuesday, but anti-abortion forces said Wednesday the vote still marked a sea change in the national debate and that the fight was far from over. Published November 9, 2011

In this combination of images provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, two of nine new warning labels cigarette makers will have to use by the fall of 2012 are seen here. (Associated Press/U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

Graphic cigarette package warnings blocked

The federal government's plan to put images of a dead body or diseased lung on U.S. cigarette packages is on hold — and may itself be going up in smoke, according to a federal court ruling Monday. Published November 7, 2011

Lawmaker issues warning on 'personhood' amendment

As Tuesday's vote in Mississippi on "personhood" nears, opponents are stepping up their warnings that such a law would end legal abortion and hamper birth- control and infertility treatments. Published November 3, 2011

 Sen. Charles Grassley

Vote on federal marriage law repeal put off

Lawmakers on Thursday put off a much-anticipated debate on a bill to repeal the law that forbids recognition of gay marriage at the federal level. Published November 3, 2011

Increasing LGBT marriages mean "we have a great opportunity to place children without a family into happy homes," Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand says. (Associated Press)

Gillibrand bill encourages LGBT adoption

For the first time in Senate history, a bill has been introduced to encourage agencies not to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples seeking to adopt. Published October 31, 2011

Gay-marriage backers making full-court press

Efforts to repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act are in full swing, as a major lawsuit advances, another lawsuit is filed, and a Senate panel meets soon to consider legislation to overturn the law. Published October 30, 2011

Divorce-prevention plan advises time, talk

A letter warning a spouse that divorce could be imminent, a "cooling off" period and classes on reconciliation are parts of a model legislation package aimed at helping troubled couples avoid "preventable" divorce. Published October 23, 2011

Sex-ed initiative at heart of House bill battle

The tug-of-war over sex education is back, thanks to a House bill that would fund the Department of Health and Human Services for fiscal 2012 but also would slash an Obama administration-inspired program and divert half the money to abstinence education. Published October 20, 2011

Study finds teens postponing sex, using birth control more

Despite fears of a hypersexual culture, most American teens are postponing sex until their late teens or older, and typically use some kind of birth control when they do start, according to an extensive new federal study released Wednesday. Published October 12, 2011

Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York said that President Obama has not responded to a letter he wrote about the Catholic Church's concerns. (Associated Press)

Bishops push back against Obama on social issues

Alarmed by what they see as deeper government intrusion into issues such as reproductive health care and gay marriage, the nation's Catholic bishops have created a committee to identify and resist threats to religious freedom. Published October 5, 2011

Study: Modern economies 'rise and fall' with nuclear families

If the wealth of a nation is tied to both the quality and the quantity of its people, then modern trends toward cohabiting instead of marrying, easy divorce and fewer children born to couples will have sweeping economic consequences, a new report says. Published October 3, 2011