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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

Teen birthrate falls, ends upward trend

America's teen birthrate fell in 2008, ending a two-year upward trend, the federal government said in a report released Tuesday morning. Published April 6, 2010

WETZSTEIN: Extra embryos pose dilemma

Who else but infertile couples can truly understand the desolate heartache of childlessness, and if they find themselves with "extra" embryos after completing their families, why not share? Published April 6, 2010

WETZSTEIN: Is Head Start a 'sacred cow'?

A "sacred cow" refers to something that is so highly regarded that it is beyond criticism. The $7 billion-a-year Head Start program for low-income preschoolers seems to fit that description. Published March 30, 2010

Contraceptive failure?

Armed with Rosie the Riveter's powerful get-'er-done imagery, the annual campaign to promote emergency contraception (EC) to sexually active women swung into action yesterday. Published March 25, 2010

WETZSTEIN: Swiss condom suited for boys

In a news story that has ricocheted around the world, the London Telegraph has reported that a Swiss condom maker has introduced an extra-small condom, suitable for sexually active boys who want to avoid pregnancy or HIV/AIDS. Published March 16, 2010

The family funds breakup

Is the Obama administration trying to divorce the federal government from the marriage business? Published March 12, 2010

Ga. bill would outlaw abortion for race, sex

A Georgia bill that would outlaw abortions based on race, color or sex is fueling arguments over whether abortion providers are targeting black women. Published March 10, 2010

Senators ask FDA to lift gay blood donor ban

The push to eliminate the lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men received a boost yesterday, when 18 senators signaled their support for such a change. Published March 5, 2010

Psychiatrists mull new sex disorders

The nation's psychiatrists are considering defining addictive acts such as overeating, gambling and compulsive sex as medical disorders in their professional manual. Published March 2, 2010

WETZSTEIN: New views on life, smoking

Smoking and abortion arguably have little to do with each other, but they have something in common: According to surveys, both are held in growing disdain by youths. Published March 2, 2010

Chlamydia tests for teens often miss boys

Of the sexual infections that have emerged in the wake of the sexual revolution, chlamydia is one of the most common and curable. However, a recent study shows that screening all girls for chlamydia isn't enough. Published February 22, 2010

WETZSTEIN: Condom use not a panacea

Now that the Obama administration and Democrat-led Congress have jettisoned federal abstinence-education funding, sex education that stresses condom use to stop the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) will dominate classrooms and communities. Published February 16, 2010

WETZSTEIN: Cohabitation rises for seniors

When the topic of cohabiting comes up, it's usually associated with the young and the restless. But another segment of the population is increasingly sharing a bedroom while skipping the wedding vows. Published February 9, 2010

Technology to track, curb child porn

Pedophiles can be chased down, prosecuted and put behind bars, but in too many cases, their hideous handiwork still roams the world. This revictimization of children is about to end, thanks to a new technology called PhotoDNA. Published February 8, 2010

WETZSTEIN: Child sex abuse lives on, online

A new technology developed by Microsoft should be able to purge Masha Allen's hideous photos — and thousands of other child-pornography images — from the Internet. Published February 2, 2010

With 1-child policy, China 'missing' girls

Chinese boys now outnumber Chinese girls by the millions, and the impact of the lopsided sex imbalance is starting to spill beyond China's borders. Published January 27, 2010

WETZSTEIN: Dire results of 1-child rule

As I was reading recently about China's tens of millions of "excess" men — thanks to that nation's one-child policy — I came across yet another interesting development. Published January 26, 2010