Connie Chung has looked through both ends of the microscope.

Her career has been based on asking personal questions. But last summer Chung found herself on the receiving end: She made headlines with her announcement that she would be withdrawing from the weekly grind of her series, "Face to Face With Connie Chung," in order to "aggressively pursue" having a baby with her husband, Maury Povich.

Chung continues to anchor "Face to Face" news specials, the latest of which airs Monday at 10 on CBS.

She is clearly pleased with the two main stories on this week's special: investigative reports on raped women who have no way of finding out if their attackers have AIDS and on the alleged dangers of breast implants.

"The rape story is the one I'm particularly moved by," said Chung. "One of the women in the story had no idea that her rapist had actually died of AIDS complications, and our producer, who had gotten ahold of the autopsy report, was the one who told her. Can you imagine?"

As for the second story, Chung said, "The FDA has never ruled on {the long-term safety of} breast implants. Women have been implanting them in their bodies for 30 long years, and these devices have never been approved.

"That's why I find {doing} these stories significant and gratifying," Chung said.

"Not taking an advocacy point of view, but if something changes as a result of what we do, or at least people start looking at it, that's what makes it worthwhile."

Presumably one of the things that makes it less worthwhile for Chung has been enduring the press coverage of her private life after her announcement of her desire to have a child.

"It was without a doubt the last thing I wanted to do," Chung admitted. "But we just decided that honesty was the best way to go. I think there's a lot of impropriety in talking about your personal life, but in this particular case it was the only choice I had."

It's a strange predicament for a journalist to be in, to actually know how it feels to have the most intimate details of one's life speculated on in the media. Did Chung's experience cause her to look differently at journalism itself?

"I think I've always been sensitive to personal questions either directed at me or that I direct at someone," Chung said. "If someone's willing, if they have no problem with it, then I proceed forward. But if someone's indicating to me great discomfort, then I wouldn't {go ahead} anyway. It has little to do with what has happened to me; it's just the way I always have been."