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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Dear Tennessee

Dear Tennessee,

I'm afraid we can't be friends anymore.

Please know that it's not me, it's you. You chose to punish me for being a girl. You chose to send our society back almost 40 years. You chose to make my body the property of the government.

You passed Amendment One.

I cannot share enough how disgusted and disappointed I am with you. You were my home, the place I felt most comfortable, and the place I wanted to live for the rest of my life. Unfortunately, I don't think that can happen anymore.

I can't live in a place that forces rape victims to carry their rapist's baby to term. I can't live in a place that doesn't let a sixteen year old choose what's best for her and her baby. I can't live in a place where I can't choose. I won't.

My only question is this - how could you do this to us? How could you tell us, the women of the state of Tennessee, that we cannot control our own bodies? How can you look at your wives, your mothers, your sisters, your daughters, and know that if something awful was to happen to them, that they are trapped for the rest of their lives? Even if the child goes up for adoption, she will forever carry the weight of the child she let go of.

So, Tennessee, we can't be friends anymore. I can't stomach loving a state that is as beautiful and lovely as you when you have taken something so precious from me. You took my options away, and for that, when I am of means and age, I will leave you. And I don't know if I will come back.

 xx, Victoria

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