Saturday, July 9, 2011

Former First Lady Betty Ford Dies: Lifted Taboos on Addiction and Cancer

Former U.S. First Lady Betty Ford, an outspoken advocate for women's rights and the founder of the Betty Ford Center for substance abuse, died last night at the age of 93.

Betty Ford was a champion for women's rights - openly discussing premarital sex and abortion. She was also diagnosed with breast cancer while at the White House, and became an advocate for breast cancer research and awareness. After her husband's term as President, Betty Ford admitted and sought treatment for an addiction to alcohol and painkillers.  She founded the Betty Ford Center in 1982, still one of the best treatment centers for substance abuse.

Politics Today Magazine Signed by Gerald Ford and Betty Ford 

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