Both NBC and CBS took the opportunity of Ford's death to pay tribute to his widow Betty. CBS' Hattie Kauffman listed where the former First Lady stood on social issues--in favor of women's rights, legalized abortion, marijuana use, sex before marriage--and asserted that "a lot of women are alive today because of Betty Ford going public" about her mastectomy: she inspired millions of women to undergo screening for breast cancer. As a couple, Gerry and Betty were "loving, flirtatious and often publicly playful," NBC's Campbell Brown observed. Later, after Betty kicked booze and pills and founded her rehab clinic, "aiding those struggling with substance abuse became her calling."
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