The bishops of Malta have issued a pastoral letter on in vitro fertilization.
“The conception of a human person should be the outcome of the mutual self-giving love of the married couple,” the bishops wrote in their July 26 letter. “This gift is realized through their sexual intimacy, an action through which the man and the woman become ‘one body.’ Therefore, bearing in mind this value, the conception of new life cannot be treated solely as a biological act. Neither can it be a technical process which produces embryos as if they were objects.
The bishops also warned against surrogate motherhood and cryopreservation and lament the destruction of embryos attendant upon in vitro fertilization.