Angie Hammond

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Angie S. Hammond (born October 21, 1948) is a figure in the right to life movement in the Dallas, Texas, Metropolitan Area. In 1988, she opened the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Southwest Dallas in suburban Duncanville. In 2011, she became executive director of Hope Mansion in Cedar Hill, Texas, a three-story residence of some 14,000 square feet,[1] converted to the use of expectant mothers who otherwise have no means of support. Hammond is a frequent speaker at pro-life meetings and banquets at which she warns of the long-term dangers of abortion.[2]


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Anti-abortion activist

Under Hammond's leadership, the Duncanville Crisis Pregnancy Center[2] soon expanded to include the licensed child-placement agency known as Chosen Heritage Christian Adoption,[3]the Elizabeth Grace Maternity Home,[4] and a limited obstetrical medical clinic. Hammond has since worked to open other maternity homes but cites a far greater need than has thus far been met. Hammond is a director of the National Maternity Housing Board and Texas Life Connections, an organization that encourages churches to embrace pro-life ministries.[2]

Hammond is further involved in the procuring of ultrasound machines for crisis pregnancy centers. Such devices show expectant mothers the development of their children in the womb. The service often convinces a woman considering abortion instead to bear the child to term, keep the baby, or offer it for adoption.[5]

Outspoken in opposition to taxpayer-funded abortions through such groups as Planned Parenthood, Hammond once said that she had never witnessed a poor woman determined to procure an abortion who could not find a way to finance the procedure without government funding. Hammond warns women of the risks of abortion to themselves as well as death to the child. In her words:

"Abortion kills babies and harms women 100 percent of the time. In a crisis, the Body of Christ surrounds these young women to meet all her needs, that's the job of the churches, and she doesn't have to choose abortion or use a government program."[6]

Hammond and her husband, Lee Bell Hammond, Sr. (born 1946), serve on the board of directors of the Fish Creek Ranch Retreat Center and the Straight Arrow Youth Camp.[2]

Personal life

A Mississippi native, Hammond graduated from Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and theater. She is a former teacher in public and private Christian high schools.[2]

The Hammonds attend New Life Bible Fellowship in Dallas,[7] where she is a long-time Sunday school teacher. The couple has three sons and daughters-in-law: Lee Bell "Trey" Hammond, Jr., a pastor in Mississippi, and his wife, Tressa; Arthur Miller Hammond, a lay pastor with the Cowboy Church in Van Alstyne, Texas, and the owner of a land services company, and his wife, Rebecca, and John Walt Hammond, a Texas state trooper in Bryan/College Station, and his wife, Brittany.[2]

In recent years, Angie and Lee Hammond have in their limited spare time been remodeling an 1874 farmhouse and filling it with antiques.[2]


See also

  • Cathie Adams, director of crisis pregnancy center in Plano, Texas
  • Joe B. Phillips, late administrator of Smithlawn Maternity Home and Adoption Agency in Lubbock, Texas

References

  1. Hope Mansion. transformationvision.org. Retrieved on October 31, 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Angie S. Hammond biographical sketch, self-prepared
  3. Hammond, Angie Director - Chosen Heritage Christian Adoption. local.yahoo.com. Retrieved on October 31, 2011.
  4. Angie Hammond, Executive Director of Elizabeth Grace Maternity Home. manta.com. Retrieved on October 31, 2011.
  5. Sanctity of Human Life. heartlink.org. Retrieved on October 31, 2011.
  6. Georgia Fitzhugh, "Desire for taxpayer money fuels increased abortions." January 17, 2001. elliscountypress.com. Retrieved on October 31, 2011.
  7. New Life Bible Fellowship. nlbf.org. Retrieved on October 31, 2011.
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