Anti-abortion activists who failed to get the Supreme Court to prevent a possibly life-saving abortion for a comatose woman said the high court still may consider the issue and help to "save a life in the future."

John Short and John Brodrick fought in vain for two weeks to prevent Martin Klein to gain guardianship over his pregnant wife, Nancy, who has been in a coma since an auto accident on Dec. 13, to empower him to order an abortion that finally was performed on Saturday.The Kleins' family doctor had testified that ending the pregnancy could save her life, but physicians testifying on behalf of the anti-abortion activists and the Nassau County Attorney's office said the benefits of the procedure were not clear.