Restaurant owner charged with attempted murder after slipping his girlfriend an abortion drug

Joshua Woodward  
By: Debbie Gross 

A man was upset at his girlfriend for refusing an abortion took matters into his own hands by slipping an abortion drug into his girlfriend, according to police.

A former Manhattan restaurant owner was charged in Los Angeles on Wednesday after covertly slipping a drug into his girlfriend during sex.

Joshua Woodward, a partner in the Table 8 restaurant chain, adorning the Cooper Square Hotel before he changed to the standard East Village Hotel, pleaded not guilty to four counts of attempted murder. He was held on $4 million bail. Authorities said Woodward, 40, tried to induce a miscarriage in his girlfriend, who was 13 weeks pregnant, using a topical application of misoprostol, an early abortion drug, while the couple was having sex.

The former girlfriend, 42, aborted the baby, after one of the meetings with Woodward, according to court documents. The devastated lover told police he did not want the baby from the moment she learned of her pregnancy and immediately asked her to have an abortion.

He clearly became upset when she told him she wanted to keep the baby, leading to a bitter breakup, according to court documents.
Woodward, a Florida resident, faces up to life in state prison if convicted.