Two interesting emails doing the rounds of Coalition MPs in the lead-up to Parliament’s return next week – and debate over the abortifacient RU486.

Former minister Judi Moylan is running a briefing session on the matter:

Dear Coalition Members and Senators,

Please find attached an invitation to attend a briefing on RU486. This invitation is for Members and Senators only.

And Parliamentary secretary Sharman Stone has also circulated a very comprehensive kit on the subject to government MPs:

Dear Colleague

I have attached supporting documents from the National Association of Specialist Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Australian Medical Association, and media articles stating the support of the Rural Doctors Association, on the lifting of the ban on RU486 for your information.


Sharman Stone

Two cabinet veterans, Peter Costello and Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone said over the weekend that a conscience vote is the appropriate way to resolve the issue of whether the drug should be made more readily available to women, the Sun-Herald reported.

Life’s looking pretty interesting for the Jesuit boys in the Health portfolio, Tony Abbott and his Parliamentary Secretary Chris Pyne.