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Ingraham: UAB professor ‘on the warpath against traditional Americans’

Fox News Channel’s Laura Ingraham took a shot at Dr. Morissa Ladinsky, a UAB associate professor of pediatrics, who made insensitive comments about a trans child’s suicide.

Ingraham opened her Wednesday night monologue of “The Ingraham Angle” with a theme suggesting that “militant gender fanatics are coming for your kids.”

The Fox News primetime host featured Ladinsky’s controversial comments as part of Ingraham’s disdain for the American Academy of Pediatrics over its position on so-called gender affirming care for adolescents.

“An entire cottage industry of trans health care experts also has been created to conduct workshops and get paid handsomely for it,” said Ingraham. “And they do it for businesses scared of lawsuits. And then they’re welcomed as speakers at prestigious medical conferences.

“Enter Dr. Morissa Ladinsky, an associate professor at the University of Alabama Birmingham. She’s described on the school’s website as having a research interest in providing affirming care to LGBTQ youth and identified with families in the Deep South against the kind of faith-based communities there. In the Deep South, obviously things are really bad.

“Now, in the Academy of Pediatrics conference in Anaheim, California, recently, she spoke glowingly about trans ideology, and more disturbingly, about the ‘bold’ suicide of a trans girl.”

The segment then transitioned to a clip of Ladinsky’s comments at the conference.

“And in the final days of 2014, a local 16-year-old lady Leelah Alcorn of trans experience stepped boldly in front of a tractor trailer, ending her life,” Ladinsky is shown as saying. “Her suicide note, written to post on social media about an hour after her death, went viral literally around the world.”

The professor’s comments were first reported by 1819 News.

In October, Ladinsky expressed her regret over the remarks.

“I regret my choice of words that has been interpreted to glorify self-harm. This was never my intent,” Ladinsky said in a statement to Alabama Media Group. “In discussing the tragic event, I sought to convey my work toward a day when no teen feels they must take their life. Any suicide is devastating, and I want anyone who is struggling to know that help is always available.”

Ingraham went on to call Ladinsky “a total whack job” who is “on the warpath against traditional Americans.”

“Now remember, religious Americans are the problem. Trans pioneers, well, they’re the answer.”

EDITOR’S NOTEThis article has been updated.

Dylan Smith is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL

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