There is an excellent quick review at The Well-Timed Period, where some real facts are introduced.
While the DeMint press release is chocked full of half truths and misapplied stats, the one that I find most interesting is the whole last paragraph.
The reported risk of death associated with RU-486 is ten times greater the risk associated with surgical abortions. The death rate associated with surgical abortion is one in a million. By contrast, the reported risk of death associated with RU-486 is higher than one in 100,000.
It appears that the fine folks in DeMints office decided to quote the numbers that best helped their case, while ignoring the rest.
Lets start with the RU-486 mortality number, there is still study needed here, and some of the adverse effects appear to come from improper use of the meds, but even then, the real number is about 1 in 110,000 (not less than 100,00 are DeMint claims). As for regular abortions, well on the whole, they are 1 in 1 in 142,000 ( not 1 in 1,000,000 ).... and there is one other fact that his office left off the memo that is very telling: The risk of death in pregnancy is 1 in 8700. Making it a far riskier proposition than either RU-486, or surgical abortion.
Yet, somehow, that little fact is not mentioned at all.
No wonder so many people in SC prefer his nickname when refering to him, Sen. DimWit.
hat tip to pharyngula