A few years back I saw a facebook post made by a friend during a week at school to promote Autism Awareness. I expected the usual high school support; simple statements that were not necessarily the most well thought out and might not entirely grasp the situation of people living with siblings who had autism, but well-meaning.
Instead, it was a post talking about how searching for "a cure for autism" is wrong; that people who are on the spectrum should be accepted as someone different and that its not something that should be thought of as a condition to be treated.
My youngest brother is on the spectrum; he's high-functioning autism, and has ADHD to boot (as do I, so I'm guessing the ADHD runs in the family.) Having a sibling with autism is very, very hard; they are difficult to predict, difficult to live with, and can sometimes have violent outbursts. They're almost always several years more immature than other children their age; my brother is getting towards 16 and he still makes funny voices in order to tell jokes.
If there was a cure then I believe everyone in our family, including my brother, would gladly take it, so long as it was safe and worked. But that's hypothetical, and beside the point; I doubt anyone here is going to say Autism should not be cured if it can at all be.
Here is the moral situation; its not necessarily a debate and think of it as a way to get a better look at yourself. Now then...
You and your partner have been wanting to have children; you've either impregnated your partner, been impregnated by your partner, or have paid for a surrogate mother for whatever reason. You are told at some point in the pregnancy that the child is guaranteed to have Autism; they gave a new test and its confirmed; there's an incredibly slight chance that the test may be flawed but its in the thousandths of a percent.
You and your partner have talked to the doctor and they said they could provide for an abortion; your health insurance will cover it and the process will be safe. If you're using the surrogate mother, you have spoken to her and she has said that she will totally abide by your decision. Your partner has also said that they will totally abide by your decision.
Will you keep the child, or will you abort? If you are against abortion, will you give it up for adoption? What if it was two months in to the pregnancy? Three? Four? Five?